Rheumatoid arthritis Xplained NZ

This app is for New Zealanders wanting to learn about rheumatoid arthritis in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Rheumatoid arthritis Xplained NZ

By Medicine X

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Features
  • Education and information

Clinical review

 

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Available from

 iTunes (App store)        Google play        Web version        App website

Cost

 Free

What does the app do?

This app provides easy-to-understand information about rheumatoid arthritis. Using comic-style, colourful graphics, the user follows the story of a young mother of two, on her journey as she is diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She learns about the tests to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, medications to treat the condition and the importance of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. The app also has information on the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on various aspects of daily living and some tips on how to live well with arthritis.

For the complete app description, go to Google play (android) or iTunes (apple) and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained app screenshot

PROS CONS 

✔  Graphics and story are fun and entertaining — easy to read and engaging

✔  The story technique helps to demystify rheumatoid arthritis — pop-up information further explaining complex terms, tests and treatment options are helpful to improving understanding

✔  Has been reviewed by Australian rheumatologists

✘  The app is nothing more than a digital pamphlet in comic book form. The  information is quite basic — would be useful to have a more detailed option such as links to other resources or websites for people wanting to learn more 

✘  Bits of text appears to be chopped off on the upper parts of some screens

Privacy and security

The app is not password protected and does not require a secure logon but the app does not collect personal information. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: January 2018 
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.0 
Download size: 25.8 MB

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for arthritis.

  1. Grainger R, Townsley H, White B, et al. Apps for People With Rheumatoid Arthritis to Monitor Their Disease Activity: A Review of Apps for Best Practice and Quality. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Feb 21;5(2):e7.  
  2. Majeed-Ariss R, Baildam E, Campbell M, et al. Apps and Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Adolescents' Use of Mobile Phone and Tablet Apps That Support Personal Management of Their Chronic or Long-Term Physical Conditions. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Dec 23;17(12):e287.
  3. Nishiguchi S, Ito H, Yamada M, Yoshitomi H, et al. Self-assessment tool of disease activity of rheumatoid arthritis by using a smartphone application. Telemed J E Health. 2014 Mar;20(3):235-40.
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 31 Jan 2018